David R. Pruet, III

David R. Pruet, III

Partner

   

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Lightfoot, Franklin & White, LLC

The Clark Building
400 20th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
205-581-0700 (phone)
205-581-0799 (facsimile)

Education

  • B.A., Davidson College, 1996
  • J.D., University of Alabama School of Law, 2000 magna cum laude

Admitted

  • Alabama, 2000
Mr. Pruet’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation for both corporate plaintiffs and defendants. In this area, he regularly handles disputes in federal and state courts and in arbitrations involving distributorship and construction contracts, commercial leases and land use, intellectual property, shareholder rights, and fiduciary duties.
Mr. Pruet has tried several such cases and recently obtained a defense verdict in a zoning dispute that allowed a local developer to complete construction of a 100,000 square foot mixed use shopping center. Mr. Pruet has also prosecuted and defended requests for injunctive relief in these areas, including successfully defeating a corporation’s attempt to enjoin its bondholders from seeking accelerated payments on more than $2 billion in debt.
Mr. Pruet regularly advises businesses in the prosecution and defense of trade secret claims and the enforcement of related employment agreements. In this area of his practice, Mr. Pruet has led internal investigations for the firm’s clients and has successfully prosecuted injunctions to prevent the disclosure of their confidential information.
In addition, Mr. Pruet enjoys handling matters for financial services companies and insurance companies. In this area of his practice, Mr. Pruet frequently handles real estate and land title disputes, including a recent mortgage priority dispute in which he obtained an injunction preventing a senior lender from conducting a foreclosure sale.
Mr. Pruet obtained his undergraduate degree in History from Davidson College in 1996 and graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law in 2000. While in law school, Mr. Pruet was named to the Order of the Coif and selected as a Hugo Black Scholar. Mr. Pruet was also a member of the Jessup International Moot Court Team and a member of the Alabama Law Review where he served as an Articles Editor.
Mr. Pruet is a member of the American Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, the Alabama State Bar, and the Birmingham Bar Association. Mr. Pruet was selected as a rising star in the 2010 edition of Alabama Super Lawyers for his work in business litigation.
Mr. Pruet is a proud husband and father of three children.